Category: Information Technology

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CopperSpice Experiments – Pt. 18 – The Pull Request

It has been a very long time coming, life kept getting in the way here, but my Diamond editor changes are ready for pull. For those who don’t give a rat’s behind about the pull request, here are the new packages. These are not official. I have tested these Diamond editor packages in bare installs of said operating systems. For Ubuntu installs you need to use the Software Installer, not dpkg from the command line because dpkg won’t install dependencies. Note: I don’t remember if I fixed it or not. If you have an existing diamond config, sometimes the only theme you get is the one you had. Just rename your config file before installing. There aren’t that many settings….

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Who Do You Trust?

Poking around this morning I stumbled into this post talking about what your email address says about you. The “Who do you trust?” question hits everyone with an email address, but technical recruiters most often. I love the survey results, even if they did only survey their own members. The graphic found later in the article made no sense given this graphic. I’m old enough to remember when Yahoo was the source of all spam. Of course the source moved around over the years. It had a very brief stay on Prodigy, then moved to Juno (although Juno based spammers used to spam IRC (Internet Relay Chat) boards rather than email because it was difficult to be a mass spammer…

Interesting PostgreSQL Oddity

I was working on a tiny database to send out some emails with varying subjects. Decided to use PostgreSQL so I could have a real database as the back end. SQLite doesn’t share (on most platforms) so I couldn’t add data while the program was running. Being able to add stuff and check on progress while running is one of those design things you can’t kick when you’ve been in IT as long as me. Nothing odd about the definition of the table. It only has two columns. Opted to be a bit lazy when I created the test data. I created a text file with the following: Next I created a simple import script. Here is what happened When…

How to Show the Day in Ubuntu

Trapped inside during COVID-19. Spending days on your computer either working or looking for work or just searching for something interesting to keep your mind off the four walls it is easy to lose track of the day. Those of us who write software for a living can get so far into what we are doing we even forget to eat. When someone finally does get our attention coming back to reality is like waking from a coma. Few can understand why Ubuntu chose to leave the day off. Thankfully you can fix it rather easily. If you don’t already have a bin directory under your $HOME create one now. You probably want to log out and log back in…

Making the GigaWare 2600460 Keyboard Work With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

There was a time when RadioShack was cool and when it had some great cheap products. The GigaWare 2600460 keyboard was one such product. This is sometimes listed as 26-460 and sometimes just called the GigaWare Multimedia keyboard. It has a pleasant and unusual feel when typing. Some of the modern keyboards are like banging your fingers onto the table top with each stroke. Other membrane keyboards have a bad habit of starting out great but after half a million keystrokes they get so soft your fingers hurt all the way back past the middle knuckle after a few short minutes of typing. The GigaWare 2600460 keyboard doesn’t seem to suffer from that. Before you stutter and stammer about the…